Heating with wood pellets offers distinct advantages over conventional fossil heating fuels and other forms of wood burning.
- Using pellet fuel reduces our dependence on oil, natural gas and propane – all non-renewable fossil fuels
- Pellet fuel is a renewable fuel when wood is derived from sustainable sources
- Using locally-sourced pellet fuel circulates your fuel dollar in the local economy, rather than exporting your fuel dollar for oil or propane sourced from outside our region.
- Displacing fossil fuels with pellet fuels reduces the emission of greenhouses gases such as carbon dioxide, thereby helping to mitigate climate change
- Since pellet stove and boiler emissions are comparatively low, they are often allowed in areas that have conventional wood burning restrictions
- Only minimal clearance is needed for appliance installation. Because of the near total combustion (around 98.5%) pellet stoves produce virtually no creosote. This also allows installation of a pellet stove by direct vent... without a chimney.
- One ton of wood pellets has the heat value of about one and a half cords of wood and stacks easily in one third the space. This makes it possible to easily store fuel for the entire season.
Low Cost of Heat
The graph to the right shows the actual cost to heat an average 2,000 square foot home, comparing wood pellets to heating oil and propane. Based on May 2011 data, wood pellet heating costs are 50-65% less expensive than heating oil or propane.
Pellet Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, and Climate Change
Pellet fuels are a low carbon fuel that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions (such as CO2) when used to displace fossil fuels such as heating oil, natural gas, or propane. The graphic below compares CO2 emissions per year from conventional fossil heating fuels and wood pellets (Source: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2007)